Gatlinburg detective wants Neal Pinkston disqualified from prosecuting his perjury case

Staff Photo by Dan Henry / The Chattanooga Times Free Press- 2/15/16. Detective Rodney Burns of the Gatlinburg Police Department is questioned as a witness before Judge Robert Philyaw during a preliminary hearing for the Ooltewah High School basketball coaches and the school's athletic director in Hamilton County Juvenile Court on February 25, 2016. Hamilton County District Attorney Neal Pinkston charged head coach Andre "Tank" Montgomery, assistant coach Karl Williams and Athletic Director Allard "Jesse" Nayadley with failing to report child abuse or suspected child sexual abuse in connection with the rape of an Ooltewah High School freshman by his basketball teammates Dec. 22, 2015.
photo Hamilton County District Attorney General Neal Pinkston speaks to the press in this file photo.

The Gatlinburg Police Detective charged with perjury in connection with the Ooltewah High School rape case, filed a motion asking that Hamilton County District Attorney Neal Pinkston be disqualified from prosecuting the case.

Rodney Burns is charged with two counts of aggravated perjury, a class D felony that carries a sentence between two and four years behind bars, because of his testimony in the case. He is scheduled to appear in Hamilton County Criminal Court Aug. 23 before Judge Tom Greenholtz.

According to a statement from Burns' attorney, Bryan Delius, Pinkston's involvement in the case is a conflict of interest, due to the civil claim Burns previously filed against him.